Mar 14, 2011 12:53 PM by The Associated Press
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget would be costly to Louisiana's college students.
Tucked in the pages of the $24.9 billion spending plan are provisions for spending more than $98 million that Jindal hopes the state's colleges will get through tuition hikes on students. Separate legislation would need to be passed to enact the cost increases.
Higher education leaders support the bills.
The increases would come on top of increased costs for students already set to take effect this fall and more increases for at least four additional years, under legislation passed last year.
The Jindal administration says another round of price hikes for students would ensure the colleges and universities "have the resources they need to improve outcomes for students."
Critics call them a tax increase on students.